Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff accused the Trump White House and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley — chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — of trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
How? By supporting the release of the House Intel Committee’s memo detailing the alleged surveillance abuses of the Obama FBI and DOJ to illegally spy on Donald Trump.
Grassley’s spokesman Taylor Foy responded by saying Schiff should apologize for hurling baseless, defamatory insults at his Capitol Hill colleagues.
“If Schiff is going to claim that it is Grassley’s intent to undermine the Mueller probe, they should back it up with actual evidence or retract it and apologize for questioning the motives of their colleagues without any basis whatsoever,” Foy told Fox News (see video). “Otherwise, they’re only exposing their own biases.”
Democrats blamed Trump after the FBI asked them to edit their memo to redact classified “sources and methods” used by U.S. intelligence agencies.
When President Trump sent the memo back to Democrats to revise — at the urging of the FBI — they accused him of trying to block the memo’s release. Trump has said he wants both the Democrat and Republican memos made public.
But insiders say this was a ploy all along by Democrats: To write a memo loaded with classified secrets that would force Trump to redact classified intel. Then, they’d be able to push their narrative that Trump doctored their memo for political reasons.
But President Trump tweeted that he was already aware of this plan all along.
The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Similarly, Senator Grassley’s spokesman, Taylor Foy, said the Democrats aren’t fooling anyone with their transparent tricks.
Foy said Dems never wanted the Republican memo released, because it revealed that the Obama FBI and DOJ had illegally spied on Trump campaign staffers by obtaining bogus FISA warrants that were based almost entirely on the discredited “Trump dossier.”
“Keep in mind that the Democrats voted in lock-step not only to keep the Republican memo from being released to the public, but they voted to keep it from being released to the House of Representatives. So now that there’s political fallout from that, they had to come up with a way to blunt the political impact and do some damage control.
And that’s really why they have loaded [the Democratic memo] with national security sources and methods, so the White House would be obligated to redact it, and then [Dems] are going to turn around and say, ‘They’re doing it for political purposes,’ knowing the WH can’t adequately defend itself without revealing those sources and methods. It’s a circular trap they set.”
Adam Schiff and Democrats are still reeling after being caught lying when they breathlessly claimed that releasing the House Intel Committee’s FISA memo would be the end of the world because it would divulge top-secret information that threatens national security. That claim turned out to be totally false. There was no top-secret, classified intel in the Republican memo.
As for accusations that the FISA memo is an attempt to undermine Robert Mueller’s investigation: Mueller is doing a great job undermining it himself. After an exhaustive, expensive, year-long probe, the special counsel has produced no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But the same can’t be said of Democrats and the Russians.